Alcohol consumption kills 25 lakh people across the world annually, says a new report from the World Health Organisation. “Worldwide, alcohol consumption causes 2.5 million deaths (3.8 percent of total) and 69.4 million (4.5 percent of total) of Disability-Adjusted Life Years (DALYs),” the report statistics read.
It says that the youth are the worst victim of consuming alcohol mostly they are aged between 15 and 29 years which comes around 320,000 out of 25 lakh.
“Alcohol is estimated to cause about 20-30 percent worldwide of oesophageal cancer, liver cancer, cirrhosis of the liver, homicide, epilepsy, and motor vehicle accidents,” the report said.
It also noted that global consumption of alcohol has increased with people of developing countries only adds to the problem.
During the meeting of representatives from 193 member states of the WHO from May 17-21, the countries have reached a consensus to confront the rising alcohol problem.
Read the report.